Right2Know takes info bill to Parly

2010-11-25 13:15

Cape Town - The Right2Know campaign group on Thursday urged the parliamentary committee dealing with the protection of information bill to ensure the final version of the draft legislation conformed to international good practice.

"The Right2Know campaign believes that the final version of the bill should not be a compromise between political parties based on the lowest common denominator.

"It should rather be a law that represents international good practice, and further advances the principles of freedom of expression and the right to access information as envisioned by the Constitution," it said in a statement.

Right2Know said it had submitted a letter to the ad hoc committee, detailing concerns it had about the bill.

This called on the committee, which is to meet on the bill early next year, when MPs return to Parliament, to rid the controversial measure of its "odious secrecy clauses".